Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira appeared in federal court in Florida to face charges in the case accusing Trump of illegally hoarding classified documents.
Federal prosecutors added to their case on Thursday, alleging that Trump and associates tried to delete Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage.
“This undertaking requires a tremendous amount of time and energy," the former president's attorneys argued.
The former Trump attorney explained how the ex-president could leave Nauta holding the bag.
Walt Nauta was charged alongside Trump in June in a 38-count indictment alleging the mishandling of classified documents.
A lawyer said Nauta had not yet been able to find a Florida-based attorney and was stuck in New Jersey, unable to travel because of a canceled flight.
“Oh no oh no,” one Trump employee allegedly texted about a photo of sensitive documents.